I’m excited to share my quilt I designed, pieced and quilted last year. I call it Bucks, Bears & Bear Claws. I made this quilt for a dear friend of mine, Dan, who got remarried last year. Dan is an avid hunter and loves wildlife, so I knew I had to include Colorado mule deer and bears on a quilt for him, but add some feminine touches for Geri.
Also, after a trip to Hawaii with his fiancée, she fell in love with Hawaiian quilts (who wouldn’t!) and asked me if I could make one. I wasn’t up to the challenge of reverse applique, but researched Hawaiian quilts and found many of them have mirror motifs in the center. That gave me the idea of 4 mule deer bucks in the center.
I attended the AQS Quilt Week in Phoenix last February and happily took as many classes as I could squeeze in! I took a class on incorporating photos in quilts. I learned how to create my own designs on my computer (which I love doing), then print them onto cloth using my home printer.
Voila! That gave me the idea to create my own 4 buck graphic, as well as bears and bear paw prints and incorpate those on my quilt along with bear claw blocks. At Quilt Week, I also took two other classes I used: EQ7 and paper piecing and how to create my own templates. So I created my quilt design and calculated fabrice yardages in EQ7, then printed paper-piecing templates. The borders and bear paw blocks are paper pieced. I used my mid-arm Juki on my Grace frame to stipple quilt the top.
This quilt was a real labor of love, but also great fun applying new skills and techniques to come up with a wonderful wedding gift for 2 close friends!
Barb from Montrose, CO